Vol. 3, No.30, Monday, November 5, 2012 



Each year at this time, on the occasion of Remembrance Day (in Canada, U.K., Australia, N.Z., etc.), Veterans’ Day (in the U.S.) & Armistice Day (in Europe, etc.), I remember! Today’s topic is then war and remembrance. My book of the week remains: “Patton, Montgomery, Rommel: Masters of War” by Terry Brighton.  (Editor’s Note: This is an update on a post commemorating November 11th – Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in Canada, U.K., etc. (Commonwealth) first published in 2010 and last updated on November 6, 2011, (all a part of the continuing series on holidays and special dates.))


When I hear news on the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, it brings to mind the war stories, I heard from my parents all my life.  I realize how fortunate I have been that I never experienced such horrors.  I repeatedly heard stories of my uncle serving in World War II.  My grandmother was overjoyed when my uncle returned home after the war, but not everybody was as lucky. 

In the Afghanistan war, there have been 158+ soldiers who died; in addition, there were further fatalities: 4+ Canadian civilians including one+ diplomat, one+ journalist and two+aid workers. There have been 2789 coalition deaths and the war is still on going.  At this point, I wish to make the point that too many brave soldiers have lost their lives.


Prime Minister Stephen Harper has stated that Canadian soldiers will be pulled out after 2014.  Canada has done their part.  It’s time for our soldiers to come back home.

The United Stated has gradually been withdrawing their troops and President Obama has assured Americans that he will pull all his combat soldiers by the end of 2014. Many soldiers have died to make a difference.  A number of soldiers, who come back home, have serious issues.  Their lives have been changed forever.  These soldiers should take advantage of the programs to help rehabilitate themselves.  Not only do they have to integrate back into the work force, but the war has psychologically affected them.

THE AUTHOR: Terry Brighton
Brighton grew up in the U.K. during the sixties. He was anti-war. He studied theology and became an Anglican priest. He left the Church and became a curator in the 17th/21st Lancers Regimental Museum.  Brighton evolved into a historian. He was quoted as saying: “I soon discovered that the truth about war was not reaching the history books.”

His works include:
* “Hell Riders”;
* “Masters of Battle”;
* “Patton, Montgomery, Rommel: Masters of War” ; etc.

THE BOOK: “Patton, Montgomery, Rommel: Masters of War” by Terry Brighton
World War II was a VERY big war. It was a worldwide event involving many countries, impacting upon the global population, causing millions of fatalities. In this book, the war was recounted through the individual careers of three remarkable combatant generals: George S. Patton of the United States, Bernard (Monty) Montgomery of the U.K. and Erwin Rommel of Germany. This is quite the war story!

Generals are leaders. Their knowledge, skill and achievements are noteworthy. However, the officer corps and under them, the rank and file, are equally heroes. They are all the best of us.

Personal Comments

I consider myself lucky to be able to live in a great country where we have freedom.  Like other baby boomers, born following W.W. II, I owe an immense gratitude to our soldiers, who fought in past wars, (e.g., W.W. I, W.W. II, Korea, etc.), for our country or our allies. These finest of the finest fought bravely out of a sense of duty, in service of country and countrymen and for freedom. In harm’s way, much too many were either seriously injured or killed.

I remember these heroes from wars past, I thank them, acknowledging their character, courage, ideals and great sacrifice, I honor them.

And for those fighting today, I also remember them, I thank them, acknowledging their character, courage, ideals and great sacrifice, I honor all of them.

Last, watching a TV piece about soldiers who fought in Iraq, broadcast tonight on “60 Minutes”, I was struck how so young these veterans are. It made me think of the immense impact, their service would have upon them and their families. 

The Point

The primary point is that we should never forget the bravery and the sacrifices of the soldiers who served in the armed services of our country and that of our allies, especially those who died in our service.  At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, no matter how busy we are, we must stop, give respect and reflect. 

I next want to make the point that this time of remembrance, while called a day…. is now of a duration generally of a week or more. As a result, we now have more opportunity to show how much we care.   There are many activities, such as indoor ceremonies; flag raising ceremony. The libraries also have activities you may want to attend.  This year in the lead-up to November 11th, I encourage you to participate in at least one local activity to commemorate the veterans.

November 11th is the day to take pause and do it.  It is really quite simple and easy. Everyone should:
1. Buy a poppy and wear it;
2. Check the department of Veterans Affairs or historical groups for ceremonies;
3. Stop everything you are doing on 11/11 at 11:00 a.m.;
4. Stand up and be silent for 2 minutes;
5. Say a prayer for the fallen, our veterans from past wars and also our current servicemen and women;
6. Never forget what they did in the past and what they are doing at present;
7. Make a donation in care of your local legion or veterans group, to benefit these combatants and/or their families;
8. Thank a veteran you know personally;

This is really important – it’s the right thing to take the time to honor our veterans. Please do not miss out. I am sure that you will not let your country men and women down!

And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours?*
Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.

PREVIEW (Tentatively scheduled for Monday, November 12th  2012): Winter is coming … winter is coming!~ We’re now into November and that means the onslaught of the winter blahs. It can be explained in part by lack of sunlight. With many, there is a downturn in spirit. The first step in beating the blahs is to be aware of it and then to understand it and then consciously address it. Don’t get down –  instead be here to get a dose of Antoinette’s info and suggestions – it’s good medicine with no after effects!

PREVIEW (Tentatively scheduled for Monday November … 2012): SHOWBUSINESS … Italian style. I just caught two great shows that came to my town. The first was Joe Avati, an Australian comic of Italian descent. And then in the same week, I attended a concert of Al Bano – he is described as the voice of Italy. It was wonderful. I will tell you all about it. Why not come by – you will be entertained. I will hold a ticket just for you!

PREVIEW (now tentatively re-scheduled for early January 2013): I was at the gym awhile back and a fellow was explaining to a young woman (a newbee at weights and workout machines) that discipline was essential if you want to get fit and in shape. It got me to thinking about (self-) discipline to being the key to success whatever the pursuit. That week, I will upload a post on  discipline … as long as I stay disciplined enogh to write it! Please come by to see if I managed to do it!

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S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTE #1: God Bless America
“In early April 1968, at the age of 25, future U.S. Senator Max Cleland did a tour of duty in Vietnam. Shortly after jumping off a helicopter near Khe Sanh one day, a grenade exploded at his feet, blowing off his right forearm and both legs … “In an Irish pub in Washington a few years back, Cleland and his friends reminisced about the eight months he spent in a dim recuperation ward for the severely injured at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in the nation’s capital. It was called the ’snake pit.’ “As the lonely young combat veterans slowly healed, one of them who was ambulatory was sent out on a quiet evening to recruit a stripper from Washington’s risque district and sneak her back into the quiet and mostly unfuckingvised ward. “She arrived willing but flummoxed to find there was no music available. No radio. No record player. Can’t doff my clothes without music, she explained. The men suggested they sing. She said OK. But she was even younger, and her songs were not the ones they remembered from a few years back. Finally, they came up with one everybody knew, including the stripper. She took off her duds to ‘God Bless America.’” (Source: www.anecdotage.com) – http://www.anecdotage.com/index.php?aid=550

S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTE #2: Military Hero?
“Despite his recognition as a military hero, the legendary U.S. Marine Brigadier General Smedley Darlington Butler was ambivalent about his career accomplishments. “I helped to make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903,” he once told the Public Broadcasting Service. “I helped to make Mexico – and especially Tampico – safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I brought life to the Dominican Republic for American sugar in 1916. In China, in 1937, I helped see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested. I was rewarded with honors, medals, and promotions. Looking back on it, I feel I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three city districts. We Marines operated on three continents…”
(Source: www.anecdotage.com) – http://www.anecdotage.com/index.php?aid=7805

S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTE #3: John Kerry: Swift Boat Veteran
“While patrolling the Mekong Delta during the Vietnam war, John Kerry and his crewmates were ambushed by a Vietcong guerrilla firing rockets from the riverbank. Kerry made an instantaneous decision to turn his boat into enemy fire and beach it. He then leapt ashore, chased the man down, and killed him. “I didn’t want to let him get away,” he later recalled. “I didn’t want him to run away and turn around with an active B-40 [rocket-propelled grenade launcher] and take us out. There but for the grace of God… The guy could have pulled the trigger and I wouldn’t be here today.” Navy men were not supposed to leave their ships during combat, and his commanding officer later quipped that he was torn between recommending Kerry for the Silver Star and having him court-martialed for insubordination. Kerry got the Silver Star.” (Source: www.anecdotage.com) –  http://www.anecdotage.com/index.php?aid=19558

S & R* QUOTE #1: Steve Jobs
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”(Source:  Wisdom Quotes) –  http://www.wisdomquotes.com/topics/life/

S & R* QUOTE #2: Annie Dillar
“Our life is a faint tracing on the surface of mystery, like the idle, curved tunnels of leaf miners on the surface of a leaf. We must somehow take a wider view, look at the whole landscape, really see it, and describe what’s going on here. Then we can at least wail the right question into the swaddling band of darkness, or, if it comes to that, choir the proper praise.”(Source:  Wisdom Quotes) – http://www.wisdomquotes.com/topics/life/

S & R* QUOTE #3: Henri-Frederic Amiel
“Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires but according to our powers.”
(Source:  Wisdom Quotes) – http://www.wisdomquotes.com/topics/life/
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“For today, my word/phrase(s) are: ‘veteran”; “war”; “remembrance”; “soldier” and “general”.

“A veteran (from Latin vetus, meaning “old”)[1] is a person who has had long service or experience in a particular occupation or field; ” A veteran of …” .[2] This page refers to military veterans, i.e., a person who has served or is serving in the armed forces, and has direct exposure to acts of military conflict, commonly known as war veterans (although not all military conflicts, or areas in which armed combat takes place, are necessarily referred to as “wars”).” (Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veteran

“It is a phenomenon of organized violent conflict,[1][2] typified by extreme aggression, societal disruption and adaptation, and high mortality.[1] The objective of warfare differs in accord with a group’s role in a conflict: The goals of offensive warfare are typically the submission, assimilation or destruction of another group, while the goals of defensive warfare are simply the repulsion of the offensive force and, often, survival itself. Relative to each other, combatants in warfare are called enemies. The terms military, militant, and militarism each refer to fundamental aspects of war, i.e. the organized group, the combative individual, and the supportive ethos (respectively).” (Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War

“It is the act of remembering, the ability to remember or a memorial.”(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remembrance

“A soldier is a member of the land component of national armed forces; whereas a soldier hired for service in a foreign army would be termed a mercenary.[1] In most languages, “soldier” includes commissioned and non-commissioned officers in national land forces.”
(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soldier

“A general officer is an officer of high military rank, usually in the army, and in some nations, the air force.[1] The term is widely used by many nations of the world, and when a country uses a different term, there is an equivalent title given.”(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_officer


“The number of Canadian Forces’ fatalities resulting from Canadian military activities in Afghanistan is the largest for any single Canadian military mission since the Korean War between 1950 and 1953. A total of 158 Canadian Forces personnel have been killed in the war since 2002.[1]”(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Forces_casualties_in_Afghanistan)

WW I casualties
“The total number of casualties in World War I, both military and civilian, were about 37 million: 16 million deaths and 21 million wounded. The total number of deaths includes 9.7 million military personnel and about 6.8 million civilians. The Entente Powers (also known as the Allies) lost about 5.7 million soldiers while the Central Powers lost about 4 million.”(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_I_casualties

WW II casualties
“World War II casualty statistics vary greatly. Estimates of total dead range from 50 million to over 70 million.[1] The sources cited on this page document an estimated death toll in World War II of 62 to 78 million, making it the deadliest war ever. When scholarly sources differ on the number of deaths in a country, a range of war losses is given, in order to inform readers that the death toll is disputed. Civilians killed totaled from 40 to 52 million, including 13 to 20 million from war-related disease and famine. Total military dead: from 22 to 25 million, including deaths in captivity of about 5 million prisoners of war.”(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II_casualties


“Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars. The day honors living military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation. A national ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.”

S & R* NEWS ALERT* #1  Remembering to say thanks

“When you think of Canada’s multicultural society and all the freedoms and opportunities that we experience on a daily basis, devoting a few minutes of silence on Remembrance Day to think of our troops is an important and meaningful gesture. Our soldiers and veterans sacrificed their time, personal comforts, and in many cases their lives so we could enjoy ours. Here are some other ways that you can show gratitude:

Wear a poppy. From the last Friday in October to November 11, pin a poppy on the left lapel of your garment or as close to the heart as possible. This will publicly remind you of our soldiers’ sacrifices and will encourage others to do the same.

Write to soldiers. Send a letter or card to express your appreciation. Mailing addresses are listed on the Department of National Defence website. You can also post a message to troops on the site’s message board.

Donate in honour of a soldier. Just as the Canadian Forces aim to bring peace and security to countries in need, consider doing your part to help those around the world who are suffering. Organizations like Christian Children’s Fund of Canada offer a gift catalogue where you can purchase items such as fruit trees or insecticide treated bed nets in honour of one of Canada’s heroes. You can also personalize a card and mail your thanks to a Canadian Forces member.” www.newscanada.com

S & R* NEWS ALERT* #2: Lessons kids can learn from Canadian troops By Melissa Yue
“A Remembrance Day school assembly is intended for teachers and students to pause and reflect on the many lives that were sacrificed in battles that continue to be fought today. But although adults are able to stand still in silence and focus on the fallen, children sometimes have difficulty grasping the significance of the moment. In addition to being a good example and honouring our troops by wearing a poppy, parents can do their part to teach children three lessons we can learn from soldiers: Take a stance. Whether serving overseas as peacekeepers or battling enemies on the front lines, our troops are taking a stand on behalf of Canada and following through on their goals. And though their stance may cause controversy, it is a good reminder to children that they may also have to make difficult decisions in their futures, but should always stand up for their beliefs despite how unpopular that may be. Be willing to sacrifice. Soldiers give up the comforts of a safe home, loved ones, and material possessions in order to serve their country for several months or years. It is no easy task to leave material comforts behind, but what troops miss the most are their relationships with loved ones. Children can learn to detach themselves from things and instead focus on sharing what they have with others. One way to do this is by giving to a charity like Christian Children’s Fund of Canada, which helps children living in poverty overseas. Through the charity’s gift catalogue, your child can pick a meaningful gift like a clean water well or school supplies to help someone in need. Serve others. Our troops live a life of service as they protect each other, their country, and citizens in other countries. Considering other people’s needs above your own may not come naturally to both children and adults, but practicing that mindset will result in a better world. Make the most of November 11 by providing life lessons to your child as demonstrated by our troops and all the veterans who have gone before them. Thanks to their example, your child will be reminded of what it means to take a stand, be sacrificial, and live life in service to others.” www.newscanada.com
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